Ok, this was a bit tricky, but here's a rough draft:
[Squid Barbershop] is an apparently mundane setting much like modern Earth or some reasonable facsimile, except that all sorts of outrageous and fantastic creatures and events more appropriate to Speculative Fiction
appear on a regular basis, with essentially no limits, as needed for Rule of Funny
, Rule of Cool
or even just plain Ass Pull
. The setting remains Like Reality Unless Noted
; none of these creatures or events are treated as particularly unusual, or have any significant impact on the apparent normality of the setting.
[Squid Barbershop] differs from a standard Fantasy Kitchen Sink
in that the underlying setting remains resolutely normal. It differs from Mundane Fantastic
in that there is no requirement for logic or consistency. Willing Suspension of Disbelief
comes entirely from the percieved entertainment value of the work. Making sense is not necessarily a goal. Often comes hand-in-hand with the Law of Conservation of Normality
, and may develop a complex Crossover Cosmology
This is a popular setting for Webcomics and other light-hearted works. It often features a Flat Earth Atheist
to hold the lampshade.
I think I hit all the important points, and kept most of the useful links from the current page, but I started by describing the trope instead of starting by talking about where it's used. I figured people might find that more useful. :)
Anyway, if I left anything out, or made any glaring errors, please feel free to tell me. I definitely found this one a bit of a struggle to figure out, and I'm not entirely
sure I got it right.
edit: I may also have gotten a bit word-crufty, and if so I apologize. I sometimes get that way when I'm feeling less-than-sure of myself.
edited 28th Jan '13 10:48:46 AM by Xtifr
"Existential Despair" is an oxymoron.